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Partner opens 1NT, 2NT or 3NT  

 
Negative responses are an attempt to find the safest contract as it is painful going light in 1NT.

Replying with a minimum hand 0-9 points

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Negative Responses to Partner's 1NT opening bid

No Trump Opening Bid Responders Negative Reply Meaning of Responder Bid
1NT Pass Game is out of reach and you have no five card suit to bid
1NT 2C Stayman, promising a 4+ card major asking partner
to bid their 4 card major (2H or 2S) if they have one, otherwise rebid 2D (can have as few as 8 HCP for this bid)
1NT 2D, 2H or 2S are all sign off bids - promising five cards
in the bid suit with only minimum points. Opener must pass.


Negative Responses to Partner's 2NT opening bid

No Trump Opening Bid Responders Negative Reply Meaning of Responder Bid
2NT Pass Game is out of reach and you have no five card suit to bid
2NT 3C Stayman, promising a 4+ card major asking partner
to bid their 4 card major (3H or 3S) if they have one, otherwise bid 3D
2NT 3D, 3H or 3S are all sign off bids - promising five cards
in the bid suit with only minimum points. Opener must pass.


Negative Responses to Partner's 3NT opening bid

No Trump Opening Bid Responders Negative Reply Meaning of Responder Bid
3NT Pass no five card suit to bid and less than 8 HCP for a slam
3NT 5D, 4H or 4S are all sign off bids - promising five cards
in the bid suit with only minimum points. Opener must pass.


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